19 February 2007

gwen stefani on motherhood, weight loss and Hollywood

On her public pregnancy: "It was weird being pregnant in a fishbowl situation. Especially on days when you feel really fat and disgusting and not cute. Pregnancy was challenging in a way I didn't expect. I was on tour and I was so sick. It was like PMS times a million."
On baby weight: "I worked out with my trainer throughout my whole pregnancy until about two weeks before. I cried during my last session. I was like, 'I can't breathe, I can't do this anymore. What am I doing?' It was crazy. All my life I had to work hard to stay in shape. I've always struggled with it. I was a little chubby when I was younger, and I didn't want to be that person forever. I became a swimmer at school - but only because I wanted to be skinnier! I'm extremely vain. I like wearing cute clothes."

On getting her body back: "There aren't any tricks, it's simple math: you put this much food in, you burn that much working out. I gave myself three months - but if I didn't have an album coming out, there's no way I would have gotten back into shape in that time. I worked out with my trainer five days a week, with weekends off. I would really recommend doing weights. I'm not into yoga and pilates - they don't work for me and I don't have the patience. I'm more like a man. I like going to the gym and lifting weights or doing a little boxing."

On the Hollywood body ideal: "It sucks that that's what is supposed to look good and that's what everyone strives to be. There's more to life than being on a diet. Clearly, I spend time thinking about it, and it's something I've had to deal with in my life. As I get older, I try not to focus on it, it's boring, it's a waste of life. What I have learned is that whether I'm fatter or thinner, people seem not to mind, they like me either way. It's more in your own mind than anyone else's."

13 February 2007

the reality of motherhood: photos

These are some really thought provoking photo sets from an American photographer, Torrie, who is documenting her own pregnancy:

This is her photo set of her pregnancy (http://flickr.com/photos/torrie/sets/72157594304111463/)

She has also started a new series called "The realities of pregnancy and motherhood"

Torrie says,
"I thought it would be interesting to highlight the trials and tribulations of pregnancy and motherhood instead of just the typical happy belly and baby shots.

This is her blog www.iprettymuchhateeverything.com

02 February 2007

Smart Mums

Hi everyone. I just wanted to let you know about a fantastic site www.smart-mums.com.au which has everything you need to know about motherhood, parenting and pregnancy. I've written a feature article for this month on the site called 'Baby Bump'. You can view it here: http://www.smart-mums.com.au/site/1435875/page/898531
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